Karen Long Neck Village
Karen Long Neck Village
3.5
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The land of the giraffe women as polish explorer Vitold De Golish called it. Lies in eastern Burma plateau Dimpled by terraced, paddy-filled valley. Here lives Padang , atribe of about 7000 membes. Legend claims that the brass rings protect the women from tiger bites. But actually the practice of waring them helps maintain individual and tribal indentity.
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  • Soumen C
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India268 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting unique tribe
    It was interesting to see this unique tribe. The children are particularly cute. The entry fee is a little steep. However, you can take as many photos of them as you want and you can pose with them (even with their accessories). It was worth a visit.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Canadiancarly
    Kelowna, Canada128 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Experience
    We went to the long neck village which was neat to see the women and children in their craft. Make no mistake you are there to buy crafted items as it really is just a large market for goods where you can interact with the vendors and their children. You have to pay to get in which was a steep 500 baht each just to shop. Although we didn’t like that part, we enjoyed talking to the families.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 December 2023
  • lu192
    Winnipeg, Canada462 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    500 baht admission fee
    Went to the village by private songthaew, located just outside of Chiang Mai. I was shocked at the admission price of 500 baht per person (we were a family of 4) as we had previously been to the Long neck village in a Chiang Rai tour and the cost was 300 baht. Otherwise some good souvenirs. I really don’t know if some of the textiles are made by the women but I did purchase some that I wish I would have on the Chiang Rai tour. If you are going to Chiang Rai, my opinion is that ‘village’ is more worth the trip. Overall though I did want to support this group of displaced people.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 March 2024
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Kaz W
Coffs Harbour, Australia37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is just a tourist rip off. Yes there are long neck ladies there but it is simply a channel with market stalls on either side and some huts behind. You get no information/history, the sole purpose is to get money from you. 500bht per person to enter. Don’t go.
We spoke to a local who said to visit their actual village in the mountain where they live authentically, not this bad tourist show.
Written 10 April 2024
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lu192
Winnipeg, Canada462 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Went to the village by private songthaew, located just outside of Chiang Mai. I was shocked at the admission price of 500 baht per person (we were a family of 4) as we had previously been to the Long neck village in a Chiang Rai tour and the cost was 300 baht. Otherwise some good souvenirs. I really don’t know if some of the textiles are made by the women but I did purchase some that I wish I would have on the Chiang Rai tour. If you are going to Chiang Rai, my opinion is that ‘village’ is more worth the trip. Overall though I did want to support this group of displaced people.
Written 25 March 2024
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jack c
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is the perfect example of a tourist trap. You’re taken to a remote location, made to pay 500 THB entry for what is sold as a cultural experience, but definitely isn’t. We arrived, walked around the market stalls for 5 minutes and left. The goods being sold are just generic items that you find in tourist shops. Wouldn’t recommend this (tours may be a different experience).
Written 23 December 2023
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Maud v
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The people in this village were trying to push you to buy souvenirs. Everywhere we came the people were told ‘tourist are coming’ and then they put their hat on and acted.

The long necks were not originally from there. One young woman told us that she came from a different country just to work at the village. All woman posed with the children just for the picture.

In my opinion, it was totally not worth the 300 Baht and I did not get the experience of the long necks as we only saw one lady with a ‘long neck’.
Written 21 December 2023
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Canadiancarly
Kelowna, Canada128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to the long neck village which was neat to see the women and children in their craft. Make no mistake you are there to buy crafted items as it really is just a large market for goods where you can interact with the vendors and their children. You have to pay to get in which was a steep 500 baht each just to shop. Although we didn’t like that part, we enjoyed talking to the families.
Written 19 December 2023
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Gardenerrich
Sandown, UK249 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It was like going to a zoo, you pay 500 baht to walk along what is essentially a market, with the long neck Karen’s selling there wares.
Makes you feel very uneasy walking past the stalls , you feel you should be spending more money as they plead with you to buy there goods, most of which are purchased from markets in town and price hiked.
The entrance fee at least helps out with education and other things (or at least we were told).
I wouldn’t go back, and to be honest, I wish I hadn’t gone.
Written 19 November 2023
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Soumen C
Kolkata (Calcutta), India268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
It was interesting to see this unique tribe. The children are particularly cute. The entry fee is a little steep. However, you can take as many photos of them as you want and you can pose with them (even with their accessories). It was worth a visit.
Written 27 September 2023
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david g
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Did a bucket list that involved a drive of 1600 miles from Ayutthaya up into the northern tip of Thailand to visit the hillside tribes . What a spectacular journey and the visit to the Karen tribes was just such a thrill and the highlight of my journey .
Written 13 July 2023
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BigTone72
Melbourne, Australia438 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Went out to the village as a family of 4 not realising it was 500baht each to get into the village which was nothing more than a market selling the same items. The village people are very friendly and some of the crafts were well priced but I felt it was a left down. They should consider dropping the price to 200 baht and people might be more crafts. Anyway, saw the village but not again.
Written 24 June 2023
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What We Found Travelling
Sydney, Australia6,009 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
To sum this place up briefly:-
Humans on display.
No detailed explanation of the village & its history or workings.
Overpriced tourist trap. We did buy some little souvenirs from a few different women. All the men were in hiding. 500 THB per person to enter a trinket market with expensive items. They got us!
We felt bad being there (guilty???) & that’s not a good feeling when you’re on holidays.
We did get some lovely photos of the long neck women.
Don’t come here looking for a real long neck village experience you won’t find it.
Written 8 February 2023
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